Music: The Guild – Do You Wanna Date My Avatar?

Well, I must say that I’m fairly disappointed in you guys, especially those of you who come from the Western Hemisphere, even moreso from those of you who come from, say, the USA, for not knowing, and if you do know, not mentioning this video, while mentioning the Touhou Bad Apple video (now with subtitles!).
(And why, yes, an actual Music Monday on Monday ;))

Do You Wanna Date My Avatar?” is very much a geek video, and it also looks good. It uses stop-motion, which makes it look classy in some bits, a bit hokey in others, but quite stylized all the same. Personally, I didn’t like the stop-motion too much in Bad Apple, because with the shadows it broke the fluidity a bit much, but here it works.

For those who do not know, the video shows the people who make up the cast of the online series The Guild as their characters, for they happen to play in World of Warcraft. Felicia Day who wrote it is an avid gamer, and those who watch The Guild or listen to the lyrics of the song can quite easily tell there’s “insider knowledge” of the game, so it’s “legit”, so to speak.

The director and composer of the song is Jed Whedon, brother of Joss Whedon, who had also worked on Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, where Felicia Day had played the role of Penny, one of the three major roles of the mini web-series.

As for The Guild, I enjoyed the first season quite a lot, the second season considerably less, and the third season I hadn’t watched yet. You can watch all episodes on the series’ site, linked above.

The stop motion is quite neat, and I love the synchronized movement of the characters/actors side by side; the dancing is, well, it’s more than a bit suggestive (not to mention “Tank and spank” and “Here in cyberspace there’s no disease”), but it also looks good. I wonder how much stop-motion had been applied to the dancing.

The singer is also the song-writer, which counts for something (and I love redheads, especially when it’s not orange), and the parts with Felicia/Codex laying on top of the pile of loot quite reminded me of the scenes with the girl imagined on the ceiling amidst petals from American Beauty. I wonder if that was intentional. I’ll close with that, and that’s one great movie.

P.S. I quite liked this, I think in part because of my online life and my familiarity with the world of MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Games) and other such things, and I’m also writing behind the scenes an entry on how we respond to insider jokes, which speak to us. Genshiken and The Big Bang Theory.
Also, there’s more than anime in the world ;)

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11 comments on “Music: The Guild – Do You Wanna Date My Avatar?

  1. Asian Ed says:

    Here’s a comment because you made me. :p

  2. Hahaha, that video by The Guild was pretty good. Good but not awesome like Bad Apple. That video still fascinates me every time I watch it.
    Also, I’m from the USA =P

    • Guy says:

      Well, consider yourself chastised for not posting about it, at least if you post about anime OP/ED and such ;) Or just anime music, heh.

  3. Ningyo says:

    More than anime? Nonsense. This well is too big to be a well.

    I’ve been avoiding WoW like the plague, because I’ve already lost so many friends to it. Those who go in never come back. Even those who get detox and do tell me they’re still missing a portion of their souls.
    The song is pretty catchy though.

    • I used to play WoW. Played for about 2 years, got bored with it, and quit completely. It’s not impossible to ditch if you have a bit of self-control ^^;

      • Guy says:

        If it only required a bit of self control you could probably play without going over-board, if it’s “Ditch” or “spend all your time on it”, then it’s not “Requires a bit of self control” :D

  4. lovelyduckie says:

    I was pretty deeply sucked into WoW for a while. It got to the point where I realized I was playing it like it was my 2nd job, not because I enjoyed it any more.

    • Guy says:

      The money we spend on it as poor students also plays a part, and it reminds me of Magic: the Gathering.

      Magic: the Gathering, the first (serious) and biggest Collectible/Trading Card Game, and you spend money on it, sometimes serious money. And then you think of quitting, and think of all the money you’ve already spent, so you keep on playing and spend even more money, making it ever harder to quit.
      I even came up with a quip, many years ago, “Who does an ex M:tG player hate the most? -The one who brings him back.”

      WoW and I, you people ask? (so this is a reply to everyone, not just Ducky) I realized how much time I spent on the game, and that I did it instead of surf forums, talk to my friends on ICQ, etc. which is ok in and of itself, but I thought to myself, “Which one do I like more to be doing?” and the answer wasn’t WoW, and if you don’t play WoW obsessively it feels like why pay for it? I also was a soldier at the time, only earning about $75 at the time, per month.

      And yeah, I also played it quite obsessively, 30 minutes more, and then ten more, etc. I had it from about a month after it got released, heh.

  5. Yi says:

    “I’m fairly disappointed in you guys, especially those of you who come from the Western Hemisphere, even moreso from those of you who come from, say, the USA, for not knowing, and if you do know, not mentioning this video, while mentioning the Touhou Bad Apple video”

    Haha, I guess you’d be disappointed in me. I live in the USA. I know and did not mention this video. I had a post about Touhou Bad Apple.

    I liked this video too. Very geeky indeed, but it’s actually quite catchy.
    I don’t really play mmorpg or any “real games” in general, but I still got a chuckle or two out of the lyrics. Really clever.

    I kind of wonder how many hard core gamers now really love her after seeing this video.

    • Guy says:

      Well, now it’s time you blogged about this! It’s not too late to make amends, I’m a merciful God Guy!

      Well, I think she had quite a lot from before as well. The Guild, Dr. Horrible, being a geek herself, graduating with honours in Mathematics… being thin, pale and redhead.
      Very much geek idol material…

      Who, me? Heh.

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